Your recommended reading for this hazy August morning is this adoring Weekly Standard profile of Tom Cotton, a possible GOP candidate for the Arkansas Fourth District Congressional seat now that Rep. Mike Ross isn’t running for reelection. A taste:
The list of well-known conservatives preparing to support Cotton reads like a Who’s Who of the movement. His former professors at Claremont are as much in awe at the prospects of Cotton in Congress as his old sergeant in Iraq. “You have to remember that this young man interrupted a fast-track life to study the Federalist Papers,” explains Charles Kesler, now editor of the Claremont Review of Books. “And that was before he interrupted his life to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Cotton, meanwhile, is as comfortable talking about domestic policy and the need to restrict the growth of government as he is in assessing American strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is an ease about his manner that masks his intellectual prowess and the courage that marked his service.
This Cotton fellow sounds like quite a catch! If he can secure the coveted endorsement of The Weekly Standard demographic, then Hempstead County is bound to fall in line.
If you run a Google Image search for photos of Cotton, by the way, this entry from the Arkansas Project’s Greatest Hits Collection is a leading result:
UPDATE: Looks like Cotton’s taken steps to formalize his campaign: Here’s his campaign website and Twitter account that appears to have been active for a few days.